Name: Jackie Creber
Email: jackiecreber@tiscali.co.uk
Age at time of Dissection: 67
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 16 August 2016
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Ifirst presented with a crushing pain in my chest, also in my back ( this felt like indigestion) I went to ER and waited most of the day for them to decide what I had. I was given warfarin for a possible pulmonary embolism. They did an ECG but apart from a rapid heartbeat they found nothing, they sent me home and I was told to return the next day for an angiogram.

It was late afternoon before I had that done, once they realized it was an aneurysm, an ambulance was sent for and I was rushed to a nearby hospital specializing in heart conditions. The surgeon informed my family of how serious it was, particularly as I had been given blood thinning medicine. The surgery took 8 hours, and I was on a ventilator for a few days, my kidneys had failed and I was on dialysis for a week, my liver was affected also.

I spent two weeks in critical care, and a further two weeks in a ward. It is now five months later and I am very well, and consider myself extremely lucky to be alive!